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Stars Between the Sun and Moon: One Woman's Life in North Korea and Escape to Freedom Hardcover – Unabridged, Oct 3 2014

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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Douglas & McIntyre (Oct. 3 2014)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1771620358
  • ISBN-13: 978-1771620352
  • Product Dimensions: 16.1 x 2.5 x 23.5 cm
  • Shipping Weight: 440 g
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars 6 customer reviews
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #163,045 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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"Gripping and powerful, Lucia Jang's astonishing memoir of survival within the most oppressive regime in the world shows the strength of hope in even the darkest of places. Essential reading for anyone committed to women’s rights, and above all, human rights." (Randall Baran-Chong, Executive Director HanVoice 2014-09-03)

"It's overwhelmingly bleak yet utterly riveting...Through all this, Jang's survival instincts and intelligence astound...Meanwhile, Jang's shift from dutiful believer to tentative skeptic is expertly drawn." (Quill & Quire 2014-09-01)

"The meaning of the many Korean words used can be deduced from the narrative. Jang doesn't provide an analysis of the political forces within North Korea or the pressures waged against it, but raises questions, such as why Party officials had 'round, rosy cheeks,' while the skin of ordinary workers turned black from malnutrition. Jang's story (which was featured on CBC's The Fifth Estate) as well as the UN Commission's findings cast light on a real-life dystopia -- powerful statements about the inhumanity that power can engender." (Winnipeg Free Press 2014-10-11)

"Somehow, Sunhwa was never broken. She continued to defy the regime in her determination to save herself and her family...[She] seems to credit the force of this image with her survival but equally powerful was her own extraordinary compassion, which pushed her through her own suffering, striving to care for those she loved." (Maclean's 2014-10-11)

About the Author

Susan McClelland is an award-winning investigative journalist and author. Her writing has appeared in publications including the Globe and Mail, Maclean's, Canadian Living, Chatelaine and The Walrus. Her books include Bite of the Mango (Annick Press, 2008), The Last Maasai Warriors (Me to We, 2012) and The Tale of Two Nazanins (Harper Collins, 2012), and she has won two Amnesty International Media Awards for excellence in human rights reporting.

Lucia Jang lives in Toronto with her two children. Her story has recently been featured as a documentary on CBC's The Fifth Estate.


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When Lucia Jang escapes a life of poverty, starvation, and imprisonment in North Korea, she also leaves behind aging parents, precious childhood memories and a son she never got to know. Her terrifying journey takes her to China, Mongolia, and ultimately Canada where she is at last able to begin a life unimaginable to her countrymen left behind. Jang and McClelland weave these memories into a heartbreaking, descriptive memoir about a life most of us will never fully be able to understand. What stands out, besides the gripping descriptions of having to hoard and steal grains of rice and rotting corn, and the barren, coldness of her homeland, is the strength of the human spirit and that even in brutal regimes, kindness exists.
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By Max Layton TOP 1000 REVIEWER on Nov. 13 2015
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This is a book about the dream of escaping the nightmare of North Korea. The author's accounts of beatings, starvation, and betrayal in prison and on the run are written with the detailed total recall of someone whose sufferings have been seared into her brain...
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Can't imagine what life would have been like - what a survivor!
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